Popular Dog Breeds: Great Dane

 About the Great Dane: 

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the great dane is a popular dog breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the great dane breed.


The Great Dane is a popular dog breed because they are gentle giants, they have many different fur color varieties, and they are adorable.

“Gentle Giants”

Although great danes are giant they are very friendly. That is why they are known as a “gentle giant” dog breed.

Fur Color

Great Danes are one of the few purebred dog breeds to have a variety of different coats. Greats Danes can have many different fur coats such as black and white spots, black, and a fawn color.

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Stella Female Great Dane

They Are Adorable 

I mean just look at that face what is not adorable about it?

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Milo (Male) and Stella (Female) Great Danes

History

“Drawings of dogs who look like Great Danes have been found on Egyptian artifacts dating back to 3000 B.C. and in Babylonian temples that were built around 2000 B.C. There’s evidence that similar dogs originated in Tibet, with written reports of such dogs appearing in Chinese literature in 1121 B.C.

The breed is thought to have been taken into various parts of the world by the Assyrians, who traded their dogs to the Greeks and Romans. The Greeks and Romans then bred these dogs with other breeds. Ancestors of the English Mastiff were probably involved in the breed development, and some folks believe that the Irish Wolfhound or Irish Greyhound also may have played a role.

Great Danes originally were called Boar Hounds, because boars were what they were bred to hunt. Their ears were cropped to prevent boar tusks from tearing them. In the 16th century, the name of the breed was changed to “English Dogges.”

Late in the 1600s, however, many German nobles began keeping the largest and most handsome of their dogs in their homes, calling them Kammerhunde (Chamber Dogs). These dogs were pampered and wore gilded collars lined with velvet. Talk about a sweet life.

The name Great Dane arose in the 1700s, when a French naturalist traveled to Denmark and saw a version of the Boar Hound who was slimmer and more like a Greyhound in appearance. He called this dog Grand Danois, which eventually became Great Danish Dog, with the more massive examples of the breed called Danish Mastiffs. The name stuck, even though Denmark did not develop the breed.

Most breed historians give credit to German breeders for refining the breed to be the well-balanced, elegant dog we love today. In 1880, breeders and judges held a meeting in Berlin and agreed that since the dogs they were breeding were distinctly different from the English Mastiff, they would give it its own name — Deutsche Dogge (German Dog).

They founded the Deutscher Doggen-Klub of Germany, and many other European countries took up the name as well. The Italians and English-speaking countries didn’t accept this name, however. (Even today, the Italians call the breed Alano, meaning Mastiff; and in English-speaking countries, of course, they’re called Great Danes.)

Throughout the late 1800s, wealthy German breeders continued to refine the breed. They turned their attention to the dog’s temperament, because Great Danes had aggressive, ferocious temperaments due to the fact that they were originally bred to hunt wild boar, a particularly ferocious beast. These breeders tried to produce more gentle animals, and — luckily for us today — they succeeded.

We don’t know when the first Great Danes were brought to the U.S., or even where they came from, but the Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889. It was the fourth breed club allowed to join the American Kennel Club.” – http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

Sources:

http://www.all-about-great-danes.com/great-dane-colors.html

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

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Popular Dog Breeds: Maltipoo

About the Maltipoo 

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the Maltipoo is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason.


The Maltipoo is a popular dog breed because it is hypoallergenic, easy to train, and just adorable.

Hypoallergenic

If a member in your family has allergies a maltipoo is a dog that doesn’t shed. This designer dog breed doesn’t shed because both the poodle and maltese are hypoallergenic. Maltipoos unlike most dogs don’t have fur. Maltipoos have hair which means that the hairs keep on growing and growing. If you go to an a allergist for hypoallergenic dog breeds they might recommend the maltipoo. Unfortunately no dog is 100% hypoallergenic because their dandruff will shed. IMG_7143.PNG.png

Easy to Train

Maltipoo are easy to train and very smart. Maltipoos get their intelligence from the poodle.

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And Just Adorable

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Isabella Female Maltipoo

I mean just look at that face what is not adorable about it?

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Popular Dog Breeds: Australian Shepards

About the Australian Shepard:

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Ted Male Miniature Merle Aussie Follow his Instagram @puppybuddy_ted

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the Australian Shepard is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the Australian Shepard breed.


Australian Shepards are a very popular dog breed because of their fur markings and eye color, size, and their intelligence.

Aussies are beautiful

– Fur 

Australian Shepards (Aussies) are well known for their beautiful fur markings. They are often bred with other types of dogs for their pretty markings. There are two known categories on how we describe an aussie’s fur marking. One of the categories would be merle colors and the other category would be tri-colors.

  • Merle Colors
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Orlov Male Cattle dog Aussie mix (with a blue merle coat)
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Maya Female Corgi Aussie mix (with a red merle coat)

According to an Oh Tiny Heart blog post, the proper way to create a merle colored aussie is to breed a tri colored aussie and a merle colored aussie. When you breed a merle colored aussie and a tri-colored aussie there is a 50% chance that each individual puppy will be merle colored or tri colored. “Common sense tells breeders: if merle is a dominant color gene, why don’t we breed 2 merle colored dogs and increase our odds? Sure, that could work.” – Oh Tiny Heart blog post

But when you breed to merle dogs genetic defects are more common for the puppies. Breeding to merle dogs is called a double merle, it possess both dominant merle genes. “Double merle dogs; while it is a gene and not a color per se, are typically described as mostly white, with light, sometimes minimal merling patterns. Due to this lack of pigment, the dog is prone to hearing and sight issues.” – Oh Tiny Heart blog post

  • Tri-Colors
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Hunter Male Red Tri-Colored Aussie

-Eyes

Aussies have a variety of different eye color combinations. For example one of Orlov’s eyes is blue and the other one is a very dark brown.

An Aussies size

Aussies come in miniature and standard sizes. Therefore they are great apartment dogs if trained well, and if they have a proper amount of exercise. If aussies do not get out their energy then they may knock over things and run around in the house.

They are focused and intelligent dogs

They take direction very well, and are very focused. They are energetic and therefore they can be great agility dogs. They love to run and jump.

History

According to AKC, “Although there are many theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States.” Aussies were bred as herding dogs. Since they were bred as herding dogs they need lots of exercise to minimize their energy levels. Therefore they are great agility dogs.

Sources:

Oh Tiny Heart blog post

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/australian-shepherd/

Most helpful link:

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/australian-shepherd/detail/

 

Popular Dog Breeds: French Bulldogs

About the French Bulldog: 

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Agador Male French Bulldog

Each bolded word below is a reason for why a French Bulldog is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the French Bulldog breed.


French Bulldogs are among the 10 most popular dog breeds (2016), along with the poodle, the boxer, the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie), and a few others. French Bulldogs are a popular dog breed because they are low maintenance breed, they are a small dog breed, everyone loves a cute flat faced dog, and Frenchies are taking over Instagram which makes it hard to escape their cuteness.

Low – Maintenance 

French Bulldogs are a low maintenance breed. Just make sure that your frenchie’s wrinkles are dry and free moisture, in order to keep them clean. But every dog needs to bath and groomed a least every few months (depending on the breed.)

Frenchies a small dog breed

Frenchies are a small dog breed, that is what makes the French Bulldog the perfect “hand bag” dog. Because of there size they are perfect for people who live in apartments or in the city.

Who doesn’t love a cute flat faced dog breed?

Everyone loves flat faced dog breeds such as, the pug, the english bulldog, the Boston terrier, and of course the French Bulldog. Although many people love the flat faced breeds,  a dog’s flat face can lead to respiratory (breathing) problems.

French Bulldogs have taken over the “dog side” of Instagram.

They have really taken over Instagram with their cuteness.

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Blue Female French bulldog

French Bulldogs, pugs, and dachshunds are all over Instagram. Manny the Frenchie has 1 million Instagram followers! Sir Charles Barkley has 488k followers!

History

You might thing the french bulldog comes from France, but it actually comes from England.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post on French Bulldogs and their popularity.

Sources:

http://fox17online.com/2017/03/21/akc-releases-2016-most-popular-dog-breeds/

http://nypost.com/2014/02/02/french-bulldog-gaining-popularity-in-the-city/

AKC

Links to learn more:

Breed History

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/french-bulldog/

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/french-bulldog#/slide/1

http://www.adoptapet.com/s/adopt-a-french-bulldog

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/french-bulldog/

Isabella the Maltipoo

Isabella is a female maltipoo. I photograph Isabella a lot because she is my best friend’s dog. Isabella is a rescue adopted from a Flordian rescue. She is going to be 1 year old today!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Here are some photos I’ve taken of Isabella

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Follow this cutie on all of her adventures at

Isabella’s instagram: @Isabella32816

Isabella’s blog: maltipooofnyc.wordpress.com

Which one to choose: Purebred or Mutts?

When it comes to choosing if you want a purebred dog or a mutt there are pros and cons on both sides.

PUREBRED

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Huntress Female Manchester Terrier

Pros:

  • You know for sure what their breed is
  • You have a better chance of determining their size
  • You can know for sure if they are hypoallergenic or not

Cons:

  • Costs more money than mutts
  • You won’t have the fun of guessing their breed
  • If you don’t get a purebred from a shelter then you won’t be saving a dog’s life

If you want to pay less for a purebred dog then you might want to check out your local shelter. Did you know that 1/3 of dogs surrendered in shelters are purebreds?

MUTTS

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Cisco Male Lab Shepard Mix

 


Pros:

  • You can have fun guessing your dogs breed
  • You have saved a dog’s life if you adopted it
  • You have a mutt, the combination of many dog breeds, that is very unique

Cons:

  • You don’t know the dogs ancestry for sure
  • You probably don’t know the size your dog will be
  • You don’t know if you may end up being allergic to them or not

Thanks for reading!

 

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